Update: The UK Youth Mobility Scheme visa has replaced the UK (T5) Youth Mobility Scheme visa.
The UK Short-term work visas are a part of the Tier 5 visas and come under the UK’s Point-based system. The UK Short-term work visas are also known as ‘Temporary Workers Visas’
The visas under this category are listed below:
UK Charity Worker visa.
UK Creative Worker visa.
UK Government Authorized Exchange visa.
UK International Agreement visa.
UK Religious Worker visa.
UK Seasonal Work visa.
UK Youth Mobility Scheme visa.
UK Graduate visa.
UK Creative Worker visa – Overview
The UK Youth Mobility Scheme is a cultural exchange platform that allows individuals aged between 18 years and 30 years, from participating countries and territories, to experience life in the UK for up to 2 years.
However, dependents are not permitted to the UK with the main applicant on this visa.
The UK Youth Mobility Scheme visa is not a route to settlement in the country.
It is mandatory for applicants to have £2,530 in savings.
Countries that are eligible to apply for a UK Youth Mobility Scheme visa
Applicants from the below-listed countries can apply for a UK Youth Mobility Scheme visa:
The applicant must be selected in the UK Youth Mobility Scheme visa ballot before they can apply for their visa if they are from:
The applicant must be a national or citizen, or the rightful holder of a passport from one of the above countries.
The applicant must:
Be issued with an invitation to apply.
Submit their application within the period of time specified on the invitation.
Individuals who have:
Children under the age of 18 who live with them,
Children for whom they are financially responsible, and
Already been in the UK on this visa.
CAN NOT apply for a UK Youth Mobility Scheme visa.
List of documents
The documents required to apply for a UK Youth Mobility Scheme visa are listed below:
A valid passport, with enough blank pages and another document that shows the applicant’s identity and nationality
A bank statement showing the applicant has at least £2,530 in savings
Tuberculosis (TB) test results (if required)
Provide a certified translation of any documents that are not in English or Welsh
Applying for a UK Youth Mobility Scheme visa
The earliest an applicant can apply for a UK Youth Mobility Scheme visa is 6 months before they travel. For example, the applicant can apply from 16th January if they plan to travel on 15th July.
Permitted and not permitted in the UK on a UK Youth Mobility Scheme visa
The applicant is permitted to:
Study (some courses).
Work in most jobs.
Be self-employed and set up a company – as long as the applicant’s premises are rented, the equipment is not worth more than £5,000 and they do not have any employees.
The applicant is not permitted to:
Work as a professional sportsperson (for example as a coach).